Friday Five

8th July 2022

The EU Council and EU Parliament agreed to introduce significant changes to corporate sustainability reporting in the European Union by updating the 2014 Non-financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). The vote marks a significant step forward in efforts to create consistent guidance on disclosure requirements for both mandatory and voluntary sustainability reporting across the EU

The directive is an important step in increasing transparency and ensuring that companies are held accountable for their impact on society and the environment. It is also a sign that sustainability is becoming mainstream, with more and more businesses understanding that environmental, social, and governance factors can have a material impact on their business.


The UK launched a new centre on Monday to gather data and analyze

information on the supply of critical minerals such as cobalt, key for the production

of electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

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A study into the future consumption of, and supply of minerals needed for EV batteries, is the first major effort by the new Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre.

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As the outgoing head of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd is speaking out against greenwashing by businesses.

In an interview with The Guardian, she said that many companies are claiming to be environmentally friendly when they're not actually doing anything to help.


Howard Boyd says that it's important for businesses to start taking responsibility for their environmental impact. She believes that greenwashing is a major problem because it means that people don't trust companies when they say they're being sustainable.

Howard Boyd's message is clear: Action was needed, and she is calling for a collaboration between the public and the private sectors

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Congratulations to our client Polestar on their public-market debut under the ticker “PSNY” last Friday, making it the latest electric vehicle maker to go public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company."!

It's the first sand battery on a commercial scale.

What if batteries didn’t have to rely on expensive and harmful chemicals?

Thanks to some innovative engineering, that’s now a reality.

A team of researchers from Australia’s RMIT University have developed the

world’s first ‘sand batteries’, which use nothing more than sand and water to store energy.

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